Drone Threat Intel Report: DroneSec Notify #36

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Thank you to everyone who has registered for the free Global Drone Security Network so far; the team has been really impressed by the response and look forward to a great event. We’re proud of the fact it is a community event, zero sponsorship and all speakers were either invited or approached us to speak from our callouts.

An event that featured just two talks last time is now brandishing ten, across multiple time zones and several countries: (Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Greece, France, Germany, Finland and the USA)! You can find the talk topics in the link above, with descriptions being published soon.

We also thankful to the various organisations offering their time, personnel and expertise: URSA Inc, INTERPOL, Parrot, DroneGuards, University of Jyväskylä, Infili Information Intelligence, CERBAIR, Kutak Rock and of course, the ones that can’t be named.

On to this week’s stories – some major movements within legislation: several Federal agencies in the USA issued an advisory to aid organisations on the use and regulations around Counter-UAS. Interestingly enough, one of the most common questions which emerge in talks and something we get asked a lot. On the other side of the pond in Australia, the Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is conducting a review of GPS-jamming technologies and how that current ban is interfering with drone security and Counter-UAS efforts by the Police forces. We urge our readers to take part in the consultation; it is clear the flow-on affect could set the pace for CUAS movements for the next few years.

When putting together appropriate Red Team scenarios, its effective to base an entire profile (approach, technology, characteristics) off a specific threat actor. In the case of the CJNG cartel in Mexico strapping C4 to drones, it’s as real as it gets – unfortunately, not the first time we’ve detected this (outside of Syria even) and will continue to be an advantageous and economically sound use of force by nefarious operators for years to come. 

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